When he was just two years old, Calvin Jackson was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. As they continue to learn about and manage his condition, Calvin’s mom, Allison is relieved and grateful that they can receive comprehensive and coordinated care for her son at the Pediatric Diabetes Multidisciplinary Clinic in Hawaii.
The clinic brings in patients and their families to see their entire health care team, from the pediatric endocrinologist to the registered nurse, social worker, and dietitian — all in one visit. This multidisciplinary clinic has enabled care teams to collaborate on better approaches and tailor education to the families they serve.
“It’s convenient because you get all of your information in one place,” noted Allison. “We can pool all of our resources together, because that’s what it takes to manage this disease. It doesn’t just take one person — it really does take the village.”
The clinic also has a built-in support system where patients meet other families who are living with Type 1 diabetes.
Shannon Young, BSN, RN, CDE, who is a supervisor for the diabetes programs and population management in Hawaii explained, “Following the individual meeting with clinicians, patients and their families come together to do additional education and support, so they get to meet other families going through similar things that they are.”
To Calvin and his mom, that network has been invaluable. “To have somebody else who is living that same 24/7, is huge,” said Allison.